If you’ve fished on the West Coast of British Columbia chances are you’ve probably heard the term “Tyee” a couple of times, maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to catch one of these huge fish yourself.
The name Tyee carries a certain reverence about it; even if you’re not entirely sure what it means, you know it’s something significant. The word actually comes from the language of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, the original human inhabitants of coastal Vancouver Island. It means king, chief or champion. Makes sense.
To fishermen on the West Coast, Tyee means Chinook salmon weighing over 30 lbs. They’re considered a trophy fish and a pretty big deal to land. Tyee are definitely the king of Salmon so it makes sense to want to keep some sort of souvenir of your catch. Luckily for guests at Eagle Nook instead of just taking a couple photos, our artist-in-residence, Mya Deryan, can create a life-sized rubbing of their fish and it can still be filleted and taken home for dinner. And really, it doesn’t matter what sized fish you catch, time spent fishing is time spent well.